Is 1 John 1 for Believers or Unbelievers?

Escape to Reality

“Why do you assume that the first chapter of first John is addressed to unbelievers?”

This question was put to me by a friend after reading my recent post on 1 John 1:9.

Judging by some of the comments that have come up in various discussion threads, it’s a question many of you are asking:

–    How can you say that an epistle clearly written for churches was meant for sinners?
–    Aren’t you treading on thin ice when you carve up the Bible saying, “That bit’s not for me”?
–    Aren’t we supposed to heed the whole counsel of God?

These are all excellent questions and I will try to shed some light by looking at 1 John 1. But let me state up front that I do not assume 1 John 1 was written for unbelievers – assumptions of that sort are dangerous. Rather I conclude that…

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  1. It’s obvious that the first chapter was written to a variety of “people groups ” including Ghostics ( which most introductions specify were present) as well as Judizers and sinners.
    Even so, I still believe its good to talk to God and declare our freedom from guilt and condemnation from habitual sins we don’t feel good about.Our Spirit man ” is perfected, but our soul ( mind, will and emotions) can be attempting to weaken our confidence in our position in the “Kingdom”.
    Also I believe that our words declaring that sin no

    1. No longer has dominion over us ” aids as a renewing of our minds to Romans 8:1&2. No condemnation to those in Christ as we walk after the Spirit and not after the flesh.
      Confession of sins does not earn us anything we don’t already have ( in Christ) ie. : the gift of “effortless change” because of our new nature in Christ.

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